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Want a departure from the everyday? These
unusual nachos are a refreshing break from the traditional hearty flavors of beans, cheese, and jalapeno. You can use almost any firm fruit, alone or in
combination. Also check out Jane Butel's
Science of Chile Peppers.
This recipe and photo are courtesy of Jane Butel and her website
Jane Butel Southwest Cooking
Check out Linda's
Appetizer Recipes for more great appetizer ideas.
Fruity Nachos Recipe
Yields: serves many
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 8 min
tortillas (6 inches each), cut into quarters
4 tablespoons cream cheese (about half of an 8-ounces package)
At least 1/2 cup thinly sliced nectarines, apples, strawberries, or grapes (alone or combined)
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 teaspoon pequin quebrado or crushed red
Preheat the oven to 425 F.
Place the tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet, then place a smaller baking sheet on top of them (this keeps them
flat as they bake). Place the tortillas in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Then
remove the smaller baking sheet and continue to bake the tortillas until they are crisp, 5 to 8 minutes more.
Spread the cream cheese evenly over the tortillas chips, and arrange the chips on a serving platter.
Combine the fruit of your choice, lime juice, and pequin quebrado in a bowl, and toss to mix. Then
arrange the fruit on top of the cream cheese in an artistic fashion (sometimes I
make a face using a strawberry for the mouth, grapes for the eyes, and apple
slices for the eyebrows; other times I arrange the fruit in concentric circles
or in crisscrossing line).